Johannesburg - South Africa's athletes returned from the 2012 London Paralympics to an enthusiastic welcome at OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday.
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"I never expected it to be like this. I've never seen anything like this," said sprinter Oscar Pistorius.
The enthusiasm of the crowds was not dampened by a nearly two-hour delay of the athletes' flight.
From the moment they stepped through the doors, they were greeted with loud cheers and the blare of vuvuzelas
The welcoming ceremony also included a public presentation of cheques from the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) to medal winners.